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Lucky Devil Belgian Strong Ale was brewed with juniper and coriander for a nice, punchy summer ale that was as close as you could get to gin & tonic while still drinking beer. Since the Belgian Strong style was really put on the map by Duvel, which is Flemish for Devil, I decided to stick with the demonic theme for the name and concept. It was a natural fit for my Demons Down logo. Perhaps, I should have put six dots on the other sides of the dice...

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I'd love to say that this beer was based on my vision for world peace right from the beginning but it wasn't. Fact is, I went through a dozen failed concepts before realizing that this Simcoe-fueled IPA could actually have no other name than SIMPATICO COEXISTENCE. It was right there in the name of the hop the whole time: SIMpatico COExistence. Michaelangelo used to say he envisioned a man trapped inside a block of granite and it was his job to free him by sculpting away. I don't think I'm quite there but sometimes the right concept is just waiting to be discovered. Now, can't we all just get along?

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Doesn't it seem like a lot of the really good things in Life are forbidden in some way? Well, this beer really isn't forbidden but letting it age appropriately is well worth having some patience (I hope.) Verboten Spiced Black Stout was brewed with molasses, all-spice, black pepper and orange peel. The artwork ultimately reminded me of my teenage years decades ago staring at heavy metal album covers for hidden meaning. Although, now that I think about it, I still do that...

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Vanilla Bean Cream Stout was brewed with vanilla beans, nutmeg and non-fermentable sugar to give it a slightly sweet creaminess that reminded me of old-time ice cream parlors. Vintage signs are always fun so I went retro with it and even threw in a nice twisted creamy head on top of the stout. I feel like I should be wearing a paper hat.

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Old Soul Coffee Stout is a tribute to Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) the late great novelist, poet and short story writer. Buk was was known for his raw, edgy style and the brutal honesty he brought to all that he wrote. When asked for his thoughts on the meaning of life, Bukwoski replied "We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our education system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."

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The standout feature of this IPA recipe was the fact that it boasted six different hop varieties. Since I grew up watching too much television, the number six immediately makes me think of those straight-laced Brady kids. Six kids, six hops- why not? And so, The Bitter Bunch was born. I wonder how much Alice got paid to dote on those kids day in and day out with a nary a day off or even a shot at a spin-off series of her own ...

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MeatHead Bacon Dubbel label won the Silver Prize in Brew Your Own Magazine's Best Homebrew Beer Label 2016 contest. Not everyone recognizes the iconic facial hair but old souls and TVlanders will. All In The Family reruns still hold up for me and I watch them via rabbit ears for the full seventies effect. I even based the drabness of the background on the Bunker's living room decor. Great, now I feel like eating bacon...

DISCLAIMER: Rob Reiner is awesome so please don't sue me, sir. The world owes you a huge debt for bringing us This is Spinal Tap.

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Bad Little Gose Girl was adapted from an old pulp novel cover, undoubtedly a precautionary tale of some type. What our starlet didn't expect though is that in this tale her antagonists are the very ingredients that feed her sour obsession! Salt, Lemon and Limes are back to collect what she owes. The wayward tart woefully grinds away at the coriander under foot as she knows how her story must end...

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Pumpkin Party Massacre was brewed as a result of a Halloween collaboration between myself and my fellow mischief-makers, Robb and Tony. Being movie geeks, we spent brew night recollecting about the slasher genre that dominated horror in the eighties. No matter where the partially clothed young ladies decided to sleep for the night, you could be damned sure there was going to be a bloodbath of some type shortly after the third or fourth soapy shower scene.

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Ok, so Dead Witness isn't exactly the feel-good label of the summer. I get it. It started as a simple play on words. Since the style was a Belgian Wit, it was a relatively short leap to the word Witness. Granted, the witness didn't HAVE to be Dead but she didn't have to be in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time either. But she was...

This beer had quite a few unique qualities, all of which practically demanded to be mentioned on the marquee. It was a dry Irish red ale made with rye. I juggled the adjectives forward and back and found that The Red, The Rye and The Irish had a nice syllabic connection with Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The concept was born. I love the look of the movie posters that advertised the entire Man with No Name trilogy. I kept the label bare-bones opting for silhouettes to minimize detail and to set a tone of starkness. The background was adapted from the Clash's Give 'em Enough Rope album cover continuing the theme of hanging that's so prevalent in the those spaghetti western classics.

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The addition of Rye to this IPA made such an impression that it made it to the title. As any irrational mind knows, zombies are always on the rise somewhere. In fact, there's one now in the corner of the label with rye bread in hand looking for a toaster. But spelling humor and phonetics aside, the Undead RyeZing label was essentially a thinly veiled excuse to create a delightfully creepy landscape using an assortment of blending modes. It seemed like the RYEt thing to do...

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Slugworth Chocolate Stout was actually made with Hershey's chocolate but unfortunately there's no hippy, trippy psychedelic movies based on Mr. Goodbar so we ended up in Wonkaville. By the end of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, it's revealed that Wonka's arch rival Arthur Slugworth is actually the kind and gentle Mr. Wilkinson, one of the factory's fudge lords. I can barely express the disappointment I felt when I first realized that! I have to admit I enjoy a good cinematic villain wrecking havoc, now and again. But despite his actual goodness, I felt Slugworth deserved his day in the sun even though he only dabbled on the dark side.

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This Imperial Stout was a big, big beer that took no prisoners. The only thing I could think of that was big enough in power to score a suitable analogy was a giant, one-humped, robotic camel, or as George Lucas called them, Imperial Walkers. Since trampling the poor frozen eskimo families of Hoth, Wisconsin can be tiring work, there is now Imperial Walker All-Terrain Stout - because 10% is the perfect ABV for operating heavy machinery.

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I can't say that I know anyone that's had their face pressure-washed with hot sauce before but I'm guessing it might look something like this. Pepper Spray! Jalapeno Saison was actually not nearly as intense as the visual used on the label but it does wave a nice peppery flag at anyone that's a fan of the bland. I'm not that guy. I hope that's what they mean when they call me a hothead...

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A nice pale, wheat beer needed not only an interesting name, but one that represented one of our great nation's finest exports, racial epithets. Pale Face harkens back to the time of the Plymouth Rock settlers who just couldn't stay on their own side of the tracks with their loud music and boomboxes. They were met with arrows, tomahawks and ethnic slurs courtesy of the continent's then-current residents. Imagine the nerve of some people not receiving their brutal conquerors with more respect!

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Bad Autumn Day is one of several references my labels make to B-movies, Grindhouse films and exploitation flicks. It's just tongue-in-cheek, campy fun with a healthy dose of blood splatter and gratuitous nudity. There's apparently a never ending supply of household items that could be used to gore a bad actress to death. No blood was used in the creation of the actual beer.

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Dark Corner could mean different things to different people. A place to hide. A time to think. A moment of introspection or deep contemplation. The important thing is that there are several cats invading your personal space at all times.

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Oddly enough, Black Honey Porter was actually supposed to be a maple syrup porter. As fate would have it though, I had a mental meltdown on aisle 7 and bought a jar of honey instead of maple syrup. I brewed with the substitute and liked the results. The label is a total homage to the blaxploitation film genre of the seventies. Pam Grier never actually made a movie called Black Honey but if she did, you could bet your ass it would be awesome. Besides, she has a black belt in bar stools.

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A hell of a lot of roasted peanuts went into NutHouse Porter. Almost 2 pounds of peanuts were shoveled forcefully down the gullet of a 5 gallon batch of beer. I would've like to calculate how much nuttiness that resulted in per bottle but I'm not going to risk life and limb by attempting some dangerous mathematical trick just to make the numbers happy. Honestly, I was hoping to provide a more accurate number but quite frankly, math makes me break out in rashes and hives. Then again, maybe I have a peanut allergy.....

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Bloody Blonde Slumber Party Ale-Another precautionary tale. Our golden-haired friend should've been happy enough to bunk with her giggling gal pals looking at Tiger Beat magazines all night but that just wasn't enough. Some girls always need more. On this night, blondie will learn the hard way not to steal feminine supplies from her friend's medicine cabinet!

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